I designed my main growing beds so that I do not have to water as much as others usually do. Whether this is from an inherent sense of design, frugality, or just plain laziness…maybe it’s all three. But, truth be told, I DO NOT like to water the garden.
I HAVE watered my garden–in late June to early July I watered it about five times in three weeks, just to see keep a few things alive long enough to flower and start to bear fruit. The drought here in south-central Indiana has been so persistent and so very difficult that I just stopped watering, but very little. So, here we are in the last week of July. My son (4 years old) and I snapped some pictures of the garden. And I was struck by the life, beauty, and fruition in the garden starkly contrasted with the farmers around me plowing under their corn–revealing the true natures and adaptability of our relative approaches to agriculture. To be sure, my garden is not as productive as it would be with more water. But the contrast is still appropriate.
It is my hope that more people begin to grow food for themselves–at least a portion and supplement of what they have now. Start a fall garden, a few plants to tend if you are not used to it. Get help from those that know more than you do.
With so much of our food coming from the corn and soybean fields, the wheat harvests, we know that food prices are likely to soar. So, working with nature in the permaculture way allows us to build our resilience now. And to find joy in the simple cycles of sow, tend, harvest, eat!
This is the real secret to turning my gardening experience into the Garden of Eden–appreciating its beauty and vitality. Recognizing the fullness of life created by working with life and nature–creating beneficial, vital connections. This feeds my affection for my garden. This nourishes my soul.